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Richard Francis Burton was born near Elstree, Hertfordshire, on March 19, 1821. He traveled Europe widely in his youth with his parents. At age ten, Burton stole his father's rifle and shot out stained-glass church windows. This wild behavior was to be the norm for the rest of his life. With his brother, he frequented the taverns, gambling dens, gypsy camps and brothels of France and Italy.

Burton attended Oxford University, where he became known as "Ruffian Dick" for his long moustaches and love of challenging other students to duels. He was eventually expelled for attending horse races, and marked the occasion by driving a horse and carriage over the school’s flowerbeds while blowing a trumpet.

At 21 Burton joined the army and was posted to the Sindh in India. He lived with the Muslims and learned several Eastern languages, including Iranian, Hindustani, and Arabic. In his travels, he learned 25 languages, with dialects that brought the number to 40.

While in the army, Burton used his language skills to work undercover and gain intelligence for his commander, Sir Charles Napier. At age 29, he fell ill with cholera and returned to England.

After those seven years in India he wrote four books on the country and planned his next adventure: to enter Mecca disguised as a Muslim. If discovered, he faced execution. Burton wrote about his trip as more than a travel narrative or tale of adventure; his work captured the culture of the Muslim peoples he encountered, a technique that modern anthropologists call "ethnology".

Burton also entered the forbidden Muslim city of Harar, also under threat of execution if discovered. He became the first white man to enter and leave alive.

Burton also traveled in Africa. He went in search of the source of the Nile with John Speke. Their party was attacked, and Burton was forced to return to England after catching a spear through the jaw.

In 1860 Burton went to Utah to visit Brigham Young and the Mormons. He wrote about his findings in The City of the Saints (1861).

Shortly after his return from the United States, in January 1861, he secretly married the aristocrat Isabel Arundell.

Burton joined the British Foreign Office and traveled more in Africa. He wrote five books on African culture, detailing everything from cannibalism to bizarre sexual customs. This sensational subject matter made him a bit of an outcast back in Victorian England.

Before his death in 1890, he wrote more books about different parts of the world, and brought various sexual texts from the East, including the Kama Sutra. This shocked and outraged many Victorians. After his death, his wife burned all his papers and diaries, and tried to depict him as a good Catholic and loyal husband.



eBooks found: 9
The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Richard Burton
The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana
Richard Burton & Sir Richard Burton & Vatsayayana
Start Classics, November 2013
ISBN: 9781627938051
Format: ePub
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Vikram and the Vampire ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Richard Burton
Vikram and the Vampire
Richard Burton & Sir Richard Burton
AUK Classics, June 2012
ISBN: 9781782340003
Format: ePub
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CompleteKamasutra PDF download by Sir Richard Burton
CompleteKamasutra
Sir Richard Burton
Sandeep Shetty, April 2012
Format: PDF
Our price: $6.95
The Perfumed Garden ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Muhammad al-Nafzawi
The Perfumed Garden
Muhammad al-Nafzawi & Sir Richard Burton
The Floating Press, April 2009
ISBN: 9781775414759
Format: ePub, PDF
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Vikram and the Vampire PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Sir Richard Burton
Vikram and the Vampire
Sir Richard Burton
Digireads.com, January 2004
ISBN: 9781420912661
Format: PDF
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The Perfumed Garden PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Sir Richard Burton
The Perfumed Garden
Sir Richard Burton
Digireads.com, January 2004
ISBN: 9781420902051
Format: PDF
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The Arabian Nights PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Sir Richard Burton
The Arabian Nights
Sir Richard Burton
Digireads.com, January 2004
ISBN: 9781420902044
Format: PDF
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Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Sir Richard Burton
Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah
Sir Richard Burton
Digireads.com, January 2004
ISBN: 9781420902037
Format: PDF
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First Footsteps in East Africa, or An Exploration of Harar PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Sir Richard Burton
First Footsteps in East Africa, or An Exploration of Harar
Sir Richard Burton
Digireads.com, January 2004
ISBN: 9781420902020
Format: PDF
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